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Go Get'em Haines


Published 1936
Topics action


A reporter gets tangled in a web of murder and deception when he follows a business tycoon aboard an ocean liner, looking for a scoop.

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Run time 56:11
Production Company Winchester Pictures
Audio/Visual sound, b&w

Credits

Cast
William Boyd .... Steve Haines
Sheila Terry .... Jane Kent
Eleanor Hunt .... Gloria Palmer
Lloyd Ingraham .... Capt. Ward
LeRoy Mason .... Tony Marchetti
Jimmy Aubrey .... Reggie Parks
Clarence Geldart .... Henry Kent
Lee Shumway .... John Graham
Louis Natheaux .... Steward
Ernest Hilliard .... Editor

Reviews

Reviewer: katperrr - - September 19, 2012
Subject: Was that Hoppy?
Entertaining
Reviewer: Kodachrome - - November 27, 2010
Subject: It’s difficult to find the right words to describe this film...
...but the words horrifyingly dreadful, shamefully dreary, frightfully terrible come very close. The was a hideously uninteresting mystery.

It may have played well to an entertainment starved public in 1936, but the plot takes forever to develop, the victim is not killed until halfway through the film, and the story never becomes any more interesting than are the credits themselves.

Common courtesy prevents me from deriving personal satisfaction by spoiling the end for everyone, but I am compelled by conscience to share one thing: When you tire of the film, merely drag the play-head to 50 minutes. You'll be glad you did, if you still care at that point who was killed by whom and why.

One star for this motion picture that I wish I had skipped.
Reviewer: billbarstad - - November 25, 2010
Subject: So-so
Aside from the charming performance of William Boyd, who plays reporter Steve Haines, there isn't much of interest in this incompletely resolved depression era morality play within a murder mystery. Seeing swim suits worn in the mid 1930s was mildly interesting.

I downloaded the 234MB 512Kb MPEG4 file. Video quality was fair, showing wear and tear. The audio was tinny, which ruined the musical number, but the dialog was understandable.
Reviewer: 1110babe - - January 8, 2010
Subject: Haines was a charmer
Timely plot of a Madoff-like investment crook with a lot of enemies. Boyd carried the movie with his charm and plausibility as a somewhat hard-boiled newspaperman who didn't mind taking advantage of people or appear to suffer serious pangs of conscience for contributing to a series of deaths with his misinformation. 41, graying curly hair, with plenty of pep and an eye for the ladies, he kept the movie rolling along. Shipboard romance with this guy? You bet! I can see what attracted the ladies so Boyd could marry five times.

Interesting moments--a white-haired old woman in the audience of the fateful old timey melodrama was seen to be quite cheerful when leaving. I don't know if that was an accident of editing or if she was supposed to be a bit of a ghoul enjoying the excitement. The swimming pool seemed to be so small that diving in among the swimmers looked like a death-defying feat but they managed it just fine.
Reviewer: Noah 8-? - - November 18, 2008
Subject: Hoppy On Board
So many times I have seen reviews that boldly announce that this is not William Boyd the Cowboy Star but some other fellow... But THIS William Boyd is the real McCoy... ???-whatever). Yes, it's Hoppy in what coulda been a serial but at the last minute changed into a sort of main feature; sort of a whodunit-at-sea but with enough oops-wrong-suspect dead ends to leave the conclusion a surprise ... sort of.

If you want great writing, acting, or plot - look elsehwhere. No real bloodletting gore splashed around although several characters are ultimately dispatched.

Here you'll see Hoppy in a suit displaying his trademark good humor and virtues amidst a bad if not convoluted situation. This lead character coulda been played by just about anybody and he's so young in this that at first I didn't notice just who it was. But then he laughed... and my attention went to scrutinizing the screen. Boyd? Hopalong Cassidy? Where? More unmistakable dialog; There- That's the guy that played Hopalong Cassidy. Then taking a closer look at the young - VERY young Boyd, ya gotta ask, "That's Hoppy?"
Yup, That's Hoppy.

Even though the plot is excessivly choppy and has enough twists to frustrate a Rockette, Hoppy is still a pleasure to watch.... This is good rainy afternoon fare.
Reviewer: surfvh - - March 25, 2006
Subject: This is a great film poorly edited at some point.
I really liked this film until it suddenly jumped over an obviously large chunk of the film that had been edited out. I thought", That's weird. It looks as if they left something out." Then a few minutes later , it happened again. I've watched this film 5 times counting the spots where obvious chop jobs happened, and counted 7 places where a vital clue, a piece of action, or humorous situation is cut short, begins in the middle, or is completely missing. With the entire film intact, this film would definitely rate 5 stars. Here's hoping somebody tracks down and uploads the entire film someday; it's worth it.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - January 23, 2006
Subject: Zero for three.
Movie almost split in 3 it seems, the first almost is a comedy of manners, you know, those 1930Âs things with lots of characters, really no plot, and just sort of glides along. SO a whole whack of people get on a boat, a banker (or is it?) who has swindled a lot of money, an actress, her brother and other people are also on board too. Oops, and a reporter, who is trying to uncover the bankerÂs saga. During the voyage, it is suggested that some of the passengers put on a show, which they do. This leads up to the 2nd part of the movie, where the musical takes place, and itÂs just nothing short of bizarre. It leads to a murder mystery play, where the banker is a last minute replacement for one of the actors. Anyways, the bankerÂs character gets shot in the play - only of course SOMEONE has switched the guns and heÂs really dead! So then the third part comes up.. who did it? The captain and the reporter lead the inquest to find out the dirty secret!
Honestly, I wasnÂt really absorbed in this movie at all, it wasnÂt really interesting, musical or suspenseful. The only weird thing that captivated me, was the very strange hair the reporter had, which looked like a sort of grayish blonde thing.
Reviewer: Lisa MW - - June 3, 2005
Subject: Suspense
This movie kept me guessing to the very end. I enjoyed the telegrams between he and his boss. And I really laughed when he asked for $1000, got $100, had to pay for his room which left him $8, sent another telegram, which left him .....
Reviewer: drew and laura - - January 2, 2005
Subject: "clue" on a cruise ship.
This was a murder mystery along the lines of "clue".

drew: Fast paced, great plot, typical of this director. Steve Haines was a great character, as a journalist/detective trying to solve the mystery. the final ruse he uses to solve the crime was very well done. The character "gloria" was very well played as well. I really enjoyed this film.

laura: We couldn't guess who the murderer was.. that was done really well. The drunk english character reminded me of Dudley Moore in "Arthur", and made me giggle and pee (no.. not really). the way the love interest is resloved was a bit quick though. I love it.
Reviewer: PCinoPunk - - April 26, 2004
Subject: Where's the Horse?
This is a very good, fast paced movie. What is really interesting about this flick is watching William Boyd playing in an non western movie. Boyd is famous for his Hopalong Cassidy charactor,
and he does a good job in this movie without his horse ;)
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